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North Beach Kettlebell Giving Tree for FAM

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Help us spread a little Christmas Cheer… At NBKB we have a “No Shoes Required” policy! But that doesn’t mean we can’t bring shoes to the studio! NBKB is partnering with Family Assistance Ministries and Our Saviors Lutheran School to provide NEW TENNIS SHOES for children within our community! Here is how you can help: Visit the Giving Tree located at NBKB between now and December 19th. Choose a gift tag(s) for either boy or girl. (Shoe Size provided) Place the sticker gift tag on the unwrapped shoebox and return it to NBKB by December 19th.   If you have any questions,…

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Easy Butternut Squash Soup

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It’s That Time of Year again… It’s getting cold and it’s time to cozy in on the couch (after you’ve swung your kettlebell for the day, of course) and have some nice hot soup! Easy Butternut Squash Soup 2 bags Trader Joe’s Pre-cubed Butternut Squash 4 cups Chicken or Vegetable Stock 1/2 Cup of 1/2 and 1/2 or Heavy Cream 1 tbsp. Butter Salt, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon to taste In a stockpot combine 2 bags of Trader Joe’s pre-cubed Butternut Squash with enough chicken or vegetable stock to completely cover the squash. I used 3 cups chicken stock 1 cup water….

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Gabby’s Vacation Training

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As I work on a few recipes that are inspired by my trip to Hanalei Bay, Kauai, I thought I’d share one of the workouts I did while away. I was fortunate to have many activities at my fingertips and took full advantage of the warm water and breathtaking scenary in which to hike, surf, snorkel and play! My gracious host also just happens to have a kettlebell on hand and I brought along my TRX. Island food is plentiful, as were the Mai Tais, and I had my fair share. So, with that in mind I grabbed the Trx,…

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Why We Swing

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Oh, the swing… If you’ve been to my classes, you know I love the kettlebell swing. You sweat, you feel strong, you throw heavy weight around. What’s not to love? Still, you may be asking what’s so spectacular about the swing. The swing is an efficient movement for burning fat, strengthening your back, and tightening your abs. If you can get all of that done with one movement, why would you do anything else? When it’s done correctly, the swing is one of the most efficient full-body exercises there is. I like to use words of wisdom from people smarter…

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3-Part Back Health Series – Part 3

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You’ve stretched your hip flexors in Part 1, you got your glutes firing in Part 2, now let’s activate those “Dear Abby’s”. A lot of people think “sucking in” is activating their abs. It’s actually quite the opposite. Sucking in deactivates most of the muscles in the trunk and makes your body an hour-glass shape and if you think about it, an hour-glass is not very strong in the middle. What you want to do instead, is make your body a column. Columns are strong and supportive and when you practice the exercise below, you will feel the strength and…

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

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What happens when we get a much needed rainy day in sunny SoCal? I pull out the crockpot and make a pot of soup. Here is the recipe for one of my favorite comfort soups. 1 lb of dried green split peas Olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 organic celery stalks, chopped 2 organic carrots, peeled and chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 5-6 slices of cooked bacon 6 cups of water 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme, minced 2 teaspoons fresh sage, minced salt pepper In a large skillet, heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over a medium-high heat….

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3-Part Back Health Series – Part 1

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We get a lot of people who don’t think they can lift weights, especially kettlebells, because they have a “bad back”. I’ve found that a lot of the “bad backs” out there can be helped a TON with these three exercise interventions. Trying to explain them via text is boring to read and can get confusing, so I made 3 videos to SHOW you how to do them. Below is Part 1 of the 3-Part series of the best things you can do to help your aching back.   Enjoy!   Val   Train Smart. Be Strong. Live Balanced.

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